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Travelling Scot, Scotus Viator: Essays on the History, Politics and Future of the Scots

These essays reflect patterns of Scots voyaging - economic, philosophic and literary - from the Middle Ages to the present. The varied features of Scots people's personal and political journeys are covered in revealing detail - inventiveness overseas against internal apathy; trailblazing, receptiveness to new ideas contrasted with drink and despair.

Whether on Scotland and the Atlantic, the grandeurs and miseries of political life, and exactly how, in the unstable world of turbo-charged capitalism, the country can develop a lasting economic order, these essays of sixteen years, several specially written, show the mind of one Travelling Scot operating at full throttle.

"articulate and irrepressible. . . uniquely imaginative and stimulating. . . one of Scotland's leading historians. . . there is more to be learned from the jokes and salutary asides in this book than from most sober narratives" Tom Nairn

"arguably the country's most brilliant contemporary thinker" Pat Kane, Sunday Herald

"erudite and literate" Allan Massie, Mail on Sunday

"I have been taught a great deal by these essays as well as being splendidly entertained" Victor Kiernan

"stimulating" Times Literary Supplement

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